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Police arrest two on Christmas Eve following separate theft investigations

Staff Report • Dec 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Two twenty-somethings found themselves behind bars on Christmas Eve following investigations by Johnson City police into separate incidents taking place recently.

Jonesborough resident Jennifer Celeste Harris, 24, 117 Highland Road, is facing several charges, including four counts of identity theft, seven counts of forgery — three for more than $1,000 and four for less than $500 — as well as 17 counts of theft of property — three for more than $1,000, two for more than $500 and 12 for less than $500. She also faces a single charge of aggravated burglary.

According to police, Harris completed several loan applications using someone else's personal information. She also allegedly forged and passed several of the victim's personal checks throughout the Johnson City area.

A separate police report was filed by a second victim who said Harris broke into her residence and stole jewelry and a credit card.

Police found Harris at a home in Limestone on Christmas Eve and charged her with the laundry list of offenses.

She was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $131,000 bond pending an appearance in Washington County General Sessions Court.

Also on Dec. 24, a 27-year-old Johnson City man was charged with theft under $500 and aggravated criminal trespassing in connection to an April incident where he allegedly stole several items from Wal-mart on West Market Street.

Store employees were able to help identify Kerry L. Anderson, 2300 Stafford Lane, through surveillance video inside the store, police said.

Anderson was released from the Carter County Detention Center on Dec. 24 following a stint there on unrelated charges. He was placed under arrest and transported to the

Washington County Detention Center where he was being held on $6,000 bond pending an appearance in Washington County General Sessions Court.

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